On the campaign trail, Joe Biden is pushing for a public option to be included alongside the Affordable Care Act but a vocal critic of Obamacare says the best option remains the free market.
Some far-left Democrats in Congress favored a public option in the Affordable Care Act but the proposal was dropped after opposition that it was --- at that time --- a bridge too far for the Democratic Party.
"The public option is a government-run program that anyone and everyone can come into,” explains Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. “As regular insurance rises and it continues to increase in premium level, more and more people will go into the public option and that means that private insurance --- after it loses enough people --- is going to go away because it needs a sufficient number.”
Brase, a former registered nurse, became a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act for its anti-free market policy and now,almost 20 years later, she remains an advocate of health care that is free from the tight grip of government.
“Government involvement in health care has led us to where we are today,” she tells OneNewsNow, “and more government involvement in health care will just lead us farther down the road until we're at single payer.”
So what does Brase recommend? What alternative does she suggest to flee from government intrusion?
"There are no intermediaries. There is no third-party interference. There is no third-party cost," she replies. "It will bring the costs of everything down, it will bring the bureaucracy down, and it will bring access to care and the personal relationship up."
In particular, the former RN proposes doctors return to “direct payment” in which the patient is the customer.
“Not the health plan. Not the hospital,” she says. “Just the patient.”